Pig Symbolism & Meaning
Are you rooting around trying to find the treasures in life? Have you forgotten how to have fun? Is it time to get more connected to Mother Gaia? Pig as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help!
Pig Table of Contents
- Pig Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Native American Symbolism
- Celtic Symbolism
- Pig Dreams
- Astrology & Zodiac
- Far Eastern Symbolism
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Pig Symbolism & Meaning
While Pigs have somewhat ambivalent symbolism in modern culture (as a “Pig” reference is often used derogatorily) the ancients saw Pigs in a much different light. Ever wonder why people used Piggy banks for savings? Because the Pig represents abundance, wealth, strength and never wanting for mundane needs.
Pig symbolism ties closely with that of Boars. Wild Boars are incredibly ferocious and tenacious when it comes to hunting. In this, Wild Boar is an excellent animal spirit guide to call on when you have elusive goals or want to stop procrastinating. Wild Boar energy can help you ‘hunt and catch’ whatever is most important to you.
Pigs are considered the smartest barnyard animal. They can be trained just as easily (oftentimes more easily) than Dogs. Because few get to spend any time with these amazing creatures, they underestimate Pig’s intelligence. You can use this to your advantage.
Remember, Pig does not care what others think. Pig doesn’t worry about who see’s how smart they are or acknowledges it. Pig just keeps plowing forward.
Because Pig’s ego does not yearn to be in the limelight, it accomplishes it’s goals under the very noses of those who cannot see this beautiful soul. Sometimes, staying out of the line of sight can help you win the day. Sometimes, it’s way better if ‘they’ never see you coming.
Pig in the Earth plane and in Spirit realms depend heavily on their sense of smell. Pigs know full well how to survive even in the midst of a changing world and seasons. Pig can guide us through difficult transformations and renew our zeal. If you’re working with Pig and sense a foul wind, take heed. Similarly when the winds are fair – step forward confidently and find whatever “food” you need to feed body, mind and spirit.
Not everyone understands Pigs. On the Buddhist Wheel of Existence, a black Pig represents one of life’s three poisons – representing greed, ill will, and delusion.
Unfortunately, a number of religions label the Pig as unclean. The Jewish, Muslim and Islamic cultures are forbidden to eat pork for just this reason. So, to folks who follow these religions Pigs have no value as living beings. Due to these ancient ways of thinking, Pigs can symbolize knowing your worth even when others do not respect you. Remember, that is their problem – not yours.
Pig Spirit Animal
If you discover Pig as your Spirit Animal it could that your life is about to flourish. It may not be financial abundance, however. The Pig Spirit is tied to earth and Mother Gaia, so perhaps your garden grows prolifically or you suddenly start making several new networking leads. As this Spirit Animal’s gifts manifest, show gratitude. This is not the time to become selfish or give into excess. Pig says: you are secure; share the wealth!
The Pig Spirit Animal also symbolizes your ability to stand on your own two feet, weather the storm and come out even better than before. Pig does not allow for self-righteousness, but rather a quiet self-awareness that taps into ingenuity so you can turn on a dime without falling over.
When Pig roots around in your soul, it can be a sign that NOW is the time to move forward! Pigs never root while moving backwards – only forward. They have a nose for opportunity. Make the most of the landscape in front of you. If it is not yielding the nourishment you desire, move on – find another patch of ground to explore.
Pig Totem Animal
If you’ve chosen Pig as a Totem Animal (or it chose you) You are likely a person for whom creating your own reality comes easily. In Greek tradition Demeter, an earth Goddess who also held dominion over fruitfulness; had a Pig companion. The Pig totem also brings good luck, particularly with money. Some gamblers carry Pig figurines as an amulet with this in mind.
Pigs represent fertility. That can mean giving birth to children, a business, a movement, a career, and more. If your Totem Animal is Pig you’re resourceful, honorable, and compassionate. Pigs are without pretense – as are almost all animals. They do not hesitate to use their Throat Chakra and let you know how they feel. With Pig as your Totem Animal, your voice will always be distinctive and clear.
A Pig Totem brings many other types of gifts, particularly those that provide for daily needs. The Celtic story of Manannan gives foundation to this animal guide’s meaning in that his herd of Pigs came back to life after being consumed. By eating the Pigs the Gods never aged, so the Pig totem can additionally empower you to maintain youthful outlooks.
Pig Power Animal
Call upon Pig medicine when you want to connect with Earth Magick on a deep, abiding level. Pig as a Power Animal gives you the stability and grounding to have confidence in times of truffles, uh, trouble. 😉 When you find yourself in a forest of options, turn to Pig to guide you in the best possible direction. Invoking Pig energy as your Power Animal also gives you fierce courage. Pigs are weather harbingers so calling on them during life’s storms may improve your standing.
Pigs are, also, among the most compassionate, sensitive animals. Many Pigs are pink – the color of unconditional love. Other Pigs are black and white – a symbol of Yin and Yang, balance, and peace. When your nostrils start to flare, call on Pig energy to help you calm down. Ask Pig to guide you away from conflict. Go grab a glass of wine and get a European mud wrap. Pigs know the wisdom of getting back to nature. So, don’t wallow in self-pity or anger. Let Mother Earth remove the toxins from irksome persons and situations. Eventually, you’ll be smiling and happier than the proverbial Pig in mud. Oh, c’mon. You didn’t think we were going to get all the way through the Pig article without making that joke did you? 😉
Native American Pig Symbolic Meanings
The theme of abundance continues with Pig in Native American symbolism. As a communal food, the Native Americans celebrated the Pig spirit as a teacher whose lessons include enjoying the company of others fully. The Pig animal spirit offers each of us the gifts of reason, thoughtfulness, fairness, attentiveness and security. However, depending on how the Pig appeared in one’s life or Shamanic journey it also represents a caution against greed, gluttony and egocentricity.
Pig as a Celtic Animal Symbol
In Celtic tradition the Pig and boar both symbolize bravery, riches and all types of fertility. Many of the stories of Pig in Celtic tradition give great power to the boar’s bristles. Even King Arthur fought a boar with silver and gold bristles, colors normally associated with Royalty. In general the symbolic value of the bristles equates to great power.
Metaphysically speaking the Celtic system aligns the Pig and boar with fire and the cardinal direction of South. This may have had something to do with how much boar meat the Celts consumed. Gathering in a circle around food and drink was a cultural institution in which the best warrior got the Campion’s cut. Again, this ties Pig symbolism back to acts of courage, valor and heroism. It’s worth noting that Boar was eaten on Halloween, the time when the veil between words becomes thin, implying spiritual providence too.
There is no question that the sheer volume of references to Pig and boar in Gaelic mythology underscore the significance of this creature as an animal totem throughout the Celtic realms.
In reviewing dream interpretations about Pigs we cannot wholly separate them from hogs and boars. One thing to remember about dreaming is that sometimes an image is a pun: the boar means you’re boring; the hog means you’re overindulging or monopolizing; a Pig may equate to someone chauvinistic. Look to the rest of the dream for clues.
Otherwise, if clean, these creatures prognosticate abundance. Piglets predict children of some kind (this can extend to a project that you think of as your baby).
Pigs in mud may represent a likewise muddy situation from which you need to extricate yourself. Alternatively perhaps you’re lingering in the mire of selfishness.
Pig in Astrology & Zodiac Signs
In the Chinese Zodiac, those born under the sign of Pig or Boar are the world’s humanitarians. Pig people will likely always be involved in a charity or helping to make the world a better place in some form or fashion. The Chinese Pig person has a heart of pure platinum They love unconditionally, through good times and bad. Visit my sister-site, BuildingBeautifulSouls.com, and read all about the Chinese Zodiac Pig.
Also, in the Chinese Zodiac, The Year of the Pig or Boar is a year of completion. It’s the time to bring closure to those relationships, decisions, and circumstances which need closure. Additionally The Year of the Pig brings good luck and fertility.
Far Eastern Pig Symbolic Meanings
In the Far East Pigs symbolize abundance, happiness and high intelligence.
Pig Symbolic Meanings Key
- Good Luck
- Forward Movement
- Forward Thinking